Safe Sleeping

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is alone in a crib. The crib should be beside an adult's bed until 6 months of age
  • A cradle is also a safe place to sleep until 6 months of age or until your baby can sit up.
  • The risk of suffocation rises when babies sleep in a place other than a crib or a cradle.
  • Provide a smoke free environment both before and after birth
  • Always place your baby on his or hers back to sleep – night time and nap time. An infant should never be placed on their stomach to sleep.

Bed Sharing

  • Bed sharing (sometimes called “co-sharing” or “co-sleeping”) is when an adult or another child sleeps on the same surface as an infant. Health Canada advises that a baby should never be placed to sleep on the same sleep surface as an adult or another child.
  • There is no proof that bed sharing reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Research shows that the risk of SIDS is higher if the person sharing a bed with an infant is a smoker, very tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Adult beds are not designed for infant safety. Babies can die if they get trapped between the bed and the wall or other surfaces, or if a parent lies on them.
  • Infants can suffocate in soft bedding materials, such as pillows or comforters.

To Learn More…

Health Canada: www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca